By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Monday marks Memorial Day. If you can’t attend one of the local services to honor America’s war dead, I hope you will take time to say a prayer and reflect on the sacrifice that so many fine Americans have made for the cause of freedom.
When Americans go to war, it is not for territorial gain or riches.
We do not seek conquest. We seek to secure freedom.
As Gen. Colin Powell said: “We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years … and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives. And we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in.
Imagine for a moment an American soldier at a dusty, dirty outpost in Afghanistan. Far from comfort of friends and family. Who knows where enemy snipers may be hiding. Or where the next IED is waiting to be detonated. Regardless of the hardship and danger, American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are there to fight for freedom.
Picture in your mind – A soldier storming Normandy Beach on D-Day.
Or slogging through a rice paddy in Vietnam.
Or fighting in the Korean War with temperatures 32-degrees below zero.
So where are these Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines today?
Many are right here with us – relatives, neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances. The customer at the grocery store wearing a hat that says, “Proud Vietnam Vet.”
They all deserve our gratitude – not just today but every day. I challenge you to make your gratitude real. When you encounter a veteran – even a stranger – thank them for their service. It just may be the only time anyone has ever said thank you to them.